47 episodes

Welcome to Speaking of Business, where COOs and 2nd in Commands come for guidance, support, tips and strategies to grow their businesses, improve their operations, and build world-class cultures.

Your host is Pierrette Raymond – a multi-business owner, COO Coach and Mentor, and founding franchise partner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?.

She has been in the role of CEO and COO and knows what it takes to grow businesses, run profitable operations and build world-class cultures.

Are you ready to take your business, your operations and and your people to a whole new level?

Let’s start Speaking of Business.

Speaking of Business Pierrette Raymond

    • Careers

Welcome to Speaking of Business, where COOs and 2nd in Commands come for guidance, support, tips and strategies to grow their businesses, improve their operations, and build world-class cultures.

Your host is Pierrette Raymond – a multi-business owner, COO Coach and Mentor, and founding franchise partner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?.

She has been in the role of CEO and COO and knows what it takes to grow businesses, run profitable operations and build world-class cultures.

Are you ready to take your business, your operations and and your people to a whole new level?

Let’s start Speaking of Business.

    Ep.46 - Cannabis Law and the Highs & Lows of Legalization

    Ep.46 - Cannabis Law and the Highs & Lows of Legalization

    Trina Fraser is a co-managing partner at Brazeau Seller Law. Since 2014, her practice has been focused on Cannabis Law. She helps her clients negotiate contracts, develop business strategies, execute transactions and ensure they are complying with regulations.
    IN THIS INTERVIEW How It All Began Trina completed her business undergrad program at Queens University with an intention of moving forward into finance, accounting, or marketing. In her 3rd year, she took a business law course and felt pulled to pursue studying law further. The first 15 years of her law career, she practiced Corporate Business Law before moving her focus to Cannabis Law.
    Overcoming Adversity to Stick to the Vision & Mission Working with the ever-changing regulations as the governing organization develops them has been exciting and a challenge. As well overcoming the stigma that is attached to the Cannabis industry regarding the medicinal purposes and recreational use.
    Operational Wisdom When you are approaching a crossroads and need to make a decision, trust your gut. It is easy to become overwhelmed in the pros and cons and weighing every option, but when you trust in you, you discover that you know what path to take.
    Connect with Trina at: brazeauseller.com
    For more Speaking of Business Podcasts visit speakingofbusinessshow.com.
     

    • 22 min
    Ep. 45 - Overcoming Adversity & Taking a Seat at the Table

    Ep. 45 - Overcoming Adversity & Taking a Seat at the Table

    Katherine Cooligan is the Regional Managing Partner at Borden, Ladner, Gervais LLP. Katherine is a practicing lawyer who specializes in family law. 
    Katherine has faced many adversities in her personal and professional life and her ability to overcome is inspirational and has helped her reach her goals. 
     
    IN THIS INTERVIEW:  
    How It Began 
    Katherine found her passion for Family Law while working at her uncle’s law office during high school and during under grad program.  She was exposed to many areas of the law but felt most connected to family law because of the personal connection with her clients. 
    Overcoming Adversity to Stick to the Vision & Mission 
    One of Katherine’s most challenging experiences was the loss of her five-month-old son on the day she became Partner at Gowlings Law Firm. The experience profoundly changed her life and brought a depth of compassion and understanding that has translated to her passion to help families during times of crisis and need.
    When Katherine started her law career, leadership positions in law where predominantly filled by men. There has been a considerable shift towards balance in more recent years thanks to women like Katherine who has become part of a select group of female leaders and partners in law. 
    Operational Wisdom
    Your path to what you call success does not have to be a straight line, most often it is not. Katherine encourages others to expect delays, expect bumps in the road. make the adjustments necessary, ask for support and step back if necessary but do not step out. 
     
    Connect with Katherine at: blghttps://blg.com/en/Our-People/Cooligan-Katherine
    Tedx Talk: Tackling Fear and Unleashing your Full Potential
     For more Speaking of Business Podcasts visit speakingofbusinessshow.com.
     

    • 28 min
    Ep.44 - Building a Million Dollar Business on a Shoestring Budget

    Ep.44 - Building a Million Dollar Business on a Shoestring Budget

    Jennifer McGahan is the owner and principle designer at Jennifer McGhahan Interiors, which specializes in high-end renovation or decor projects.
    Jennifer started her business in 2008 when she was a stay-at-home mom. She took courses at night to get her qualifications and acquire the tools she needed to be successful. In 2012, on the heels of her marriage dissolving she had to make a decision to jump in with both feet or find a new direction. 
     
    IN THIS INTERVIEW:  
    How It All Began 
    In 2015 Jennifer's business really started to accelerate, which meant she quickly needed to hire her first employee and then within six months, hired several more. Now, in 2019 the business has outgrown its current location and they are upgrading to accommodate their needs.  
    Overcoming Adversity to Stick to the Vision & Mission 
    Getting funding for the business as a women-owned business has been a big hurdle. Only 4% of venture capital money is going to businesses that are owned by women. Jennifer built a million-dollar business on a ten-thousand dollar line of credit. 
    Operational Wisdom
    New hires must be a good fit on the team to compliment and enhance the synergy between the team members. 
    The importance of finding your tribe, a mentor or a coach who can help to guide you when you are at a crossroads and need to make critical decisions. 
    When scaling your business, the areas that have the biggest risk often present the biggest opportunities. 
    Connect with Jennifer at: jennifermcgahaninteriors.com
    For more Speaking of Business Podcasts visit speakingofbusinessshow.com.
     

    • 18 min
    Ep.43 - Tenacity Meets Creativity in Brand with Allyson Chisnall

    Ep.43 - Tenacity Meets Creativity in Brand with Allyson Chisnall

    Allyson Chisnall is the CFO & COO of MediaStyle - an impact communications company that serves clients who are focused on making Canada a better place through their campaigns, concepts and ideas.
    IN THIS INTERVIEW:   
    How It All Began 
    Allyson started her first business in 2005 as an independent Financial Controller for small businesses. In 2009, she met the founder of MediaStyle and became an advisor to the new company. When it came time for MediaStyle to scale up, Allyson was invited into the CFO position. 
    Overcoming Adversity to Stick to the Vision & Mission 
    In high school, Allyson was told she should not go into accounting because women should not be accountants, this sparked her "oh yeah, watch me" attitude. 
    Further in her career her ability was doubted simply because she was a woman in what was (at the time) a male-dominated industry. This fueled her and Allyson quickly earned the supervisor position at the accounting company at which she worked.
    Allyson's biggest challenge at MediaStyle was adapting to working with creative individuals and concepts where there can be many good choices as opposed to the one right way of accounting. 
     
    Operational Wisdom
    Constantly learning to bring new systems, and checks & balances into the business to improve function and efficiency.
    Have a board of mentors, not just a coach. A group where many different perspectives can come together and share ideas for you as you grow personally and professionally. 
     
    Building Culture
    Weekly Team Lunches
    Quarterly retreats with education and social activity
    Flex time and fitness benefits
    Encouraging feedback from team members on what they want and need to be successful and happy.
      
    Connect with Allyson at: mediastyle.ca. 
    For more Speaking of Business Podcasts visit speakingofbusinessshow.com.
     

    • 29 min
    Ep.42 - From Passion to Purpose

    Ep.42 - From Passion to Purpose

    Emily Bertrand has always had a passion for horses. She started riding at a very young age and fell in love with them immediately. 
    Being with horses helped Emily at various times throughout her youth and this was a catalyst for wanting to create Royale Equestrian Centre, a place where she could give back through horses. 
     
    IN THIS INTERVIEW:  
    How It All Began 
    Emily was searching for a barn that had all the facilities and qualities that she wanted. When she could not find one that was just the right fit she began to build her own. She started in 2007 with two horses and one paddock. She now have forty-two horses and many other animals.
    Overcoming Adversity to Stick to the Vision & Mission 
    Being dedicated to learning each detail of a new business is what Emily had to do - from hiring, stocking, building relationships with other companies to collaborate and how to manage cash flow.  
    Operational Wisdom
    Do not underestimate the amount of time things take and have patience when you are building your systems.
    Budget and plan in advance.
    Find a mentor who can help guide you to make informed decisions.
    Building Culture
    Have frequent meetings with staff, and develop a sense of community among the members of the team.
     
    🎥 Watch the interview - Click Here
     
    Connect with Emily at: royaleequestriancentre.com
    For more Speaking of Business Podcasts visit speakingofbusinessshow.com.
     

    • 20 min
    Ep.41 - Building Businesses to Serve Seniors

    Ep.41 - Building Businesses to Serve Seniors

    Amy Friesen started in the retirement industry in 2004 working mostly in marketing and in several residences. While she loved her work, she began to feel like she wanted to have a bigger impact in the retirement community. 
    Since 2014, Amy has built two business to better serve the retirement community and continues to develop and grow Tea and Toast as well as thelocalsenior.com  
    Tea & Toast specialize in retirement living, long-term care and helps individuals and families find the right retirement home for their loved ones.
    The Local Senior is a community for businesses to come together and showcase their products or services to people who are looking for senior services.
    IN THIS INTERVIEW:  
    How It All Began 
    Early in her career in the retirement industry, Amy found herself running into a lot of barriers regarding how and where she could provide the type of service that the community was looking for. 
    Amy felt she had many ideas and skills that she could implement but felt stuck in the role and department she worked in. When she was caught up in a string of layoffs she saw her opportunity to start her entrepreneurial journey and implement her vision and mission.
    Overcoming Adversity to Stick to the Vision & Mission 
    The move from solopreneur to having many team members is difficult, but hiring the right people and trusting in their abilities is the key to success.
    Operational Wisdom
    The greatest lesson around being a mother and an entrepreneur - there is no perfect time or correct blueprint to follow, you need to find your own balance and practice being kind to yourself when thing don’t go according to plan. 
    Trusting your intuition to lead you in the right direction.
    Building Culture
    The cornerstone is having respect for each team member, encouraging open communication, having common goals and aligning the vision and mission.
    Connect with Amy at: teaandtoast.ca & thelocalsenior.com
    For more Speaking of Business Podcasts visit speakingofbusinessshow.com 
    .
     

    • 23 min

Top Podcasts In Careers